Charles Darwin Foundation
Ecuadorian researcher, Patricia has been a key figure in the Galapagos since 1996. She initially came to the islands for her PhD thesis on human impact on Galapagos flora. Since 1998, she's been a curator at CDRS and contributed to the Threatened Species Conservation Project. Patricia specializes in Ecology and Conservation Biology and has led research projects on endangered plants, plant-animal interactions, and ecological restoration. She was a botany professor at the Central University of Ecuador and currently holds the role of Senior Researcher and leader of the "Galapagos Verde 2050" program, overseeing multiple research projects. She also serves as the Principal Curator of the CDS Herbarium at CDRS. Patricia is an active member of the Galapagos Plants Specialists Group within the IUCN and collaborates with various institutions globally.
Patricia is an active member of the Galapagos Plants Specialists Group within IUCN and collaborates with various institutions globally. Throughout her career, Patricia has received recognition like the Scientific Merit medal from the Autonomous Municipal Government of Santa Cruz and numerous scholarships and grants from esteemed organizations, including the California Academy of Sciences and University of Cambridge.